A black bear is gaining national attention for his summer walkabout that has taken him from Wisconsin to Illinois, perhaps in search of a mate.
The bear, named "Bruno," crossed state lines and is still roaming, building a social media following along the way.A Facebook group, “Keeping Bruno Safe,” was created June 19 and has more than 46,000 members.
The bear has traveled about 400 miles and has recently been spotted in Missouri, according to several reports. Bruno crossed from Wisconsin into Illinois on June 10, then crossed into Iowa. He returned to Illinois in southern Rock Island County on June 18, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Pike County (Illinois) Sheriff's Department and IDNR helped the bear cross busy roads and interstate highways by blocking traffic.
Over 300 people gathered in northwest Henderson Countyin Illinois on Father's Day weekend to watch, trail and harass the bear.